Sao Paolo breaks out the rain
01.03.2011 - 02.03.2011 24 °C
Although we flew with one of the cheapest airlines and received a service reflective of the airfare, the journey itself was fine and we arrived in the Brazillian city of Sao Paulo in good spirits. After checking in out our hotel, described by Lonely Planet as an 'Italian farmhouse on steroids,' we hit the town for a midnight dinner and cerveja where we enjoyed some excellent burgers. Not exactly traditional Brazilian fare, but similar to Australia, Brazil doesn't have much of a national cuisine.
Sao Paulo is an enormous city of 11 million and serves as a business and industrial hub of Brazil. The rich/poor divide was very apparant, and the classier suburb 'Jardins' was a stark contrast to other parts of the city. There was an extremely fast and efficient Metro system, which left us wondering why Australian cities can't get one of these, they make so much sense!
On our first morning we were greeted with a shock of cold and light drizzle which progressed to steady rain by lunchtime. This did not make for an ideal walking tour of the historical district, however with the aid of a paragua (umbrella) and an enthusiastic homeless Paulistano man, we captured a few interesting shots, with many paraguas in them.
Next stop, Rio Baby!